If you want more rookie ranking that include an IDP spin (my top 60 rookies) or you want some 2012 dynasty draft strategy (draft ended second week in May) , please read my blog at fantasyalarm.com: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/weekly-nfl-rookie-draft-dynasty-report/ I write two new articles at least every week. Follow me on twitter and ask questions of an eight year dynasty owner at @AndrewMiley.
I know what you are saying, “Another dynasty mock? You’re crazy. We haven’t even had the NFL Draft!” Since many dynasty football players, including myself, have the “sickness” all year-long, the guys here at DLF wanted to host it as a reference league for the pre-draft dynasty layout of the land. This time before the NFL Draft is especially fun as outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, we have no idea where every rookie or the remaining free agents, for that matter, will end up.
The draft has fantastic representation from all the following: bleacherreport.com (Gary Davenport); draftsharks.com (Matt Schauf); footballguys.com (Sigmund Bloom and Jene Bramel); profootballfocus.com (Jeff Ratcliffe and Ross Miles); dynastyleaguefootball.com (Steve Wyremski); The IDP Guru (@OlingerIDPGuru); myself and a host of others from twitter.
You can check out the entire draft here: http://www30.myfantasyleague.com/2012/home/74461#0 .
1.01 Ray Rice, RB BAL
1.02 LeSean McCoy, RB PHI
1.03 Arian Foster, RB HOU
1.04 Calvin Johnson, WR DET
1.05 Aaron Rodgers, QB GB
1.06 Larry Fitzgerald, WR ARI
1.07 Rob Gronkowski, TE NE
1.08 Jimmy Graham, TE NO
1.09 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB JAX
1.10 Matt Forte, RB CHI
1.11 Chris Johnson, RB TEN
1.12 Cam Newton, QB CAR
The top five remains the same with some combination of Arian Foster, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, and Aaron Rodgers. The tight ends in the form of Rob Gronkowski (1.07) and Jimmy Graham (1.08) went a bit too high for my taste. In leagues with premium tight end scoring (1.5 points per reception), I could understand the higher choice of those talented guys.
The best first round value was Cam Newton who I have seen go as high as 1.06. Yes, he is a second year player, but he ranked fourth overall in total points in this format last year. Even if he gets less goal line work, Cam should easily exceed his 1.12 draft spot.
To read about the next 9 rounds click here http://dynastyleaguefootball.com/2012/idp-dynasty-mock-draft-analysis
This is the fourth and last installment of my 2011 rookie review series. It has been a season filled with great performances in regards to many of the defensive rookies in every position: defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs. After 15 weeks, this is as good of a time as any to find out what we learned so far. Please keep in mind this is not an all-inclusive list. Enjoy!
Jabaal Sheard, Cleveland Browns
2011 stats through Week 15: 36 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 5 forced fumbles, 7.5 sacks
Current role: Starter (Top 10 defensive linemen in most scoring)
2012 expectations: Jabaal Sheard, like many defensive ends, is not the most consistent playmaker. He can get off blocks well and make big plays when rushing the quarterback. The Browns defense was on the field longer for most of the year due to offensive woes and that inflated his numbers a bit. I am most encouraged by his 5 forced fumbles and 7.5 sacks as this shows excellent individual effort to change the outcome of the game. With fellow rookie Phil Taylor http://www.fantasyalarm.com/rookie-idps-a-season-in-review/ (click here to read the rest).
Building a dynasty team can take many different forms and strategies. There have been three articles written by Eric Yeomans, Bryan, and myself documenting our particular ways of building a dynasty team in this league. This article will briefly mention those teams, but will also give a synopsis of the “other teams” that drafted and will take a look at their strategies. Let me be clear that there is no “perfect dynasty draft” or absolute fool-proof way to build a dynasty. Jim Day was also kind enough to write an article with his opinions about our draft as an unbiased observer who is known to challenge my strategies and thought processes. I promise no more articles about this draft after this one. Continue reading
By Guest Writer: Jim Day
Some good friends of mine started a new IDP Dynasty league with a very ingenious name; “The League”. Truly a one of a kind name for a one of a kind league. Okay, I kid, I kid…
But seriously, there are many very knowledgeable Fantasy Football players in this league and with a 35-round initial draft in front of them; you can bet a lot of different strategies were at play. With a first Dynasty draft, finding that exact mix of experience and youth that can bring you to a Championship is a daunting task.
Many have tried to put together a formula that will guarantee a winning team in any Dynasty draft, but there is no formula that will ever be a consistent winner, as every draft takes on a life of its own. You have 11, 13 or even 15 other owners trying to do the same thing as you are, depending on your league size.
In this league there are 12 owners including: Andy Miley of DynastyBlitz.com, Susan Shan of SusanShan.com, Bryan Fontaine and Eric Yeomans of ProFootballFocus.com, Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah of FootballSickness.com, Brian Quinlan of FFSentinel.com, and 5 other members culled from Twitter.
It is very hard to try to gauge the success of a Dynasty Draft before the 1st season even starts, especially this season, but I will go over each team and give an opinion of which positions are strengths and which are weaknesses, based solely on my judgment. These will not be listed in any order except how they are listed on the rosters page located here. Continue reading
First of all, my apologies to you Ozzy fans if you feel I stole a good line for an article. Despite the NFL lockout, a dynasty junkie like me needs new blood and new challenges.
Many times a new dynasty league will be built out of a dispute with an existing league and “The League” is no different. Sam aka @gridironguy and I went through some trial and error to put rules in place while recruiting some of the best twitter minds for the league. In this article, I will be concentrating on my own team and thought process, however maddening that is…hahaha (think Ozzy laughing not me). Continue reading
Knee deep in your rookie draft or just getting ready? Two weeks after the actual NFL Draft held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Jim Day of www.goaheadsports.com and www.twitterfantasyfootball.com and I reassembled three of our contemporaries: Joe Everett of www.rookiedraft.com and www.nfldraftbible.com, Ryan Burns of www.footballsickness.com , and Brian Quinlan of www.ffsentinel.com to draft a fantasy rookie draft.
The draft was held live on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday May 14th. The scoring was PPR decimal scoring with 1 point per 10 yards of rushing/receiving, 1 point per 20 yards passing, and all touchdowns worth 6 points. Defensive scoring was 1 point per tackle and pass defended with 2 points per sack and turnover. As there were only five of us participating, we drafted five picks a round and then reversed the draft order for a total of 17 rounds! The audio version of this draft can be heard here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mkesportsgeeks/2011/05/15/twitter-roundtable Continue reading
There is nothing like going to the NFL draft to get your blood pumping and this year was no different. Unlike my previous ranking where I lumped everyone together, I decided to tier my top IDP players by linebackers, defensive linemen, and defensive backs. Keep in mind, these are dynasty rankings as some of these players will not play much during 2011. Please consider all of these ranking were completed with the next three years in mind. With all the unknowns of when training camps start, and how much of the playbook each rookie will get to learn, some players will play from the jump, while others will take a little time to get on the field. Some of the IDPs bigger names went to less than ideal situations, ie: Prince Amukamara and Von Miller; however in time, they can become very productive fantasy players. Continue reading
Are you trying to get ready for your rookie draft? Yeah I thought so. Less than a week before the actual NFL Draft held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Jim Day of www.goaheadsports.com and www.twitterfantasyfootball.com and I rounded up three of our contemporaries: Joe Everett of www.rookiedraft.com and www.nfldraftbible.com, Shane P Hallam of www.draftcountdown.com, and Brian Quinlan of www.ffsentinel.com to draft a fantasy rookie draft.
The draft was held live on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday April 23st. The scoring was PPR decimal scoring with 1 point per 10 yards of rushing/receiving, 1 point per 20 yards passing, and all touchdowns worth 6 points. Defensive scoring was 1 point per tackle and pass defended with 2 points per sack and turnover. As there were only five of us participating, we drafted five picks a round and then reversed the draft order for a total of 17 rounds! The audio version of this draft can be heard here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mkesportsgeeks/2011/04/24/twitter-roundtable. Continue reading
DynastyBlitz.com has been hard at work to get you ready for your dynasty fantasy football league rookie drafts.
While we have no idea where any of these players will be drafted, I am releasing my top-20 rankings as of April 23, 2011.
Please keep in mind these are not where I see these players going in the NFL Draft. These are based on the tackle heavy leagues with a slight bonus for special team play. I hope this helps you early rookie drafters. So without further ado: Continue reading
Despite the even gloomier looming NFL labor talks since we last got together to talk rookie IDP’s, the staff of DynastyBlitz.com has been hard at work to get you ready for your dynasty fantasy football league rookie drafts.
While DynastyBlitz has no idea where any of these players will be drafted, Scott Schnorrbusch and Andy Miley are releasing their individual and combined top-20 rankings as of March 10, 2011.
Please keep in mind these are not where we see these players going in the NFL Draft. These are based on the tackle heavy leagues with a slight bonus for special team play. Continue reading